To Hell With RBBC

To Hell With RBBC by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

I have addressed the vile F_____subject of “Running Back By Committee” before, but every year the dialogue changes a little or a lot, so here is my 2016 profanity-laced tirade on “RBBC”….( and if you’re sensitive, you may want to skip this piece….as I will likely be forced to contribute to the “Swear Jar” many times, before this is over! )

Hopefully you have been following the joint endeavor between the Dynasty Football Factory and Utter-Fantasy called “1st and 10″, the weekly segment of Q & A that canvasses some of the hot button topics in the NFL landscape.

In Week 8, I was asked the following question:

DFF- “Play devil’s advocate here and make the argument that a premier wide receiver should not be taken 1.01 across all formats. Convince me that going running back heavy in the first round is still the right strategy.”

My response, in short, was ” With fewer teams than ever before featuring a one-back offense, I think RBs Todd Gurley, LeVeon Bell and Adrian Peterson can easily be argued as selections #1, #2 and #3 in drafts” – See entire response here- LINK

Or, to be even more succinct, I could have simply responded….“Yes, grab a RB and F_____ RBBC!”

And that is the F____ing WORST part of RBBC. Fantasy football owners don’t have man-crushes on Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson or Arizona’s David Johnson! They have man-crushes on WRs Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr and DeAndre Hopkins. Because of F____ers like DET HC Caldwell ( who rotates RBs every other play) we almost have to draft a RB from a one-back offense in Round One, and miss out on those elite wide outs. Maybe you won’t, but I F____ing will because honestly, I’d rather start out in a draft with Todd Gurley and Mike Evans, than one with OBJ and Eddie Lacy.

I count only 6 teams that we are all fairly certain will run a one-back featured offense, those being Arizona, Dallas, LA Rams, Minnesota, Houston and Pittsburgh ( although I think Pittsburgh will use RB DeAngelo Williams more than some fantasy football owners think they will.) The New York Jets, Seattle, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Indianapolis and perhaps KC, are on the fringe of being one-back offenses, but not so certain that you should miss out on an elite wide receiver in Round One.

This may be interesting……not only are most of the NFL teams pissing us off with their F____ ing RBBC, but it’s not helping them win either. Good! Below is a look at the NFL Playoffs for 2015. See anything that they all have in common, at least for most of them? A solid running game with a featured back. Except for New England( who you can’t trust F_____ anyway), you can name the featured back on all of these teams in 2015. Most do have a complimentary back, but we can live with that.

2015 Playoffs

So “To Hell With RBBC” and when drafting in September, I understand wanting to get elite WRs early, but especially in large leagues, I do not think you can afford to have a SH_____y stable of running backs. The NFL WR corps is deeper than ever, so do not ignore getting strong #1 RB(s) early if you can, then stockpile a SH___load of wide outs later.

OK….let’s see…paying the F_____swear jar. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen…..I owe thirteen F____ bucks. D___ it….F______ fourteen bucks.  D___ it!!

New York Giants Team Profile 2016

New York Giants Team Profile 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

After 12 years of being the New York Giants head coach, ol’ grumpy pants is out ( forced to “resign”). Tom Coughlin’s run in New York was a good one, having only 4 losing seasons out of the 12, and two Super Bowl rings to show for it. On Jan. 15, 2016, the Giants announced that Ben McAdoo will become the 17th head coach in franchise history. McAdoo, 38, was the team’s offensive coordinator the previous two seasons.

2016 Team Outlook– The Giants are joined in the NFC East by Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington. This division was won in 2015 with a 9-7 record by Washington. Dallas will get QB Romo back, and if he can stay healthy, the Cowboys won’t have another 4-12 season repeat. It’s anyone’s division to win in 2016.

2016 Fantasy Outlook–

QB–
In 2013, Eli Manning had a tough time of it, throwing for 3818 yards and only 18 touchdowns….#21 QB for that season ( that was the year Peyton Manning had a career year of 5477 yards passing and 55 touchdowns.) Drafting wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr in the 2014 NFL Draft, will solve the problems of almost any quarterback. With Beckham to throw to, Manning rebounded in 2014 and 2015. He became the #8 QB for 2014, and #7 in 2015, throwing for a combined 65 TDs over the past two seasons.

RBs- Ol’ Grumpy Pants Coughlin definitely made fantasy football owners grumpy in 2015, by taking the hated RBBC approach to his offense. In the first half of the season, the Giants had 4 running backs all getting touches. Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, and Shane Vereen saw action every week, and New York added RB Orleans Darkwa into the mix in Week 7. It wasn’t until the end of the season that the Giants finally got it….”Letting a running back get hot”. In Week 15, Rashad Jennings rushed for 107 yards and 1 TD, and in Week 17, 170 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries. Hopefully HC Ben McAdoo finds himself a workhorse for 2016…. fantasy football owners hope so anyways.

WRs– If you want to know how to get under WR Odell Beckham’s skin, watch the 2015 Week 15 game vs DB Josh Norman and the Panthers. We all know Beckham can trash talk, but Norman was pushing Beckham’s buttons the entire game, and Beckham lost it. (committing two personal fouls and launching himself into Panthers CB Josh Norman’s head at the end of a play.) The “Meltdown” cost Beckham a game suspension in Week 16, and some fantasy football owners a championship. Beckham will learn from this. The Giants don’t seem keen on keeping Victor Cruz around, nor free agent Rueban Randle. There will be new WR faces in New York for 2016. UPDATE: Cruz was re-signed with a paycut, and Rueban Randle signed with PHIL.

TEs–
The Giants have both of their tight ends peeking at free agency right now…. TE Daniel Fells and restricted free agent TE Larry Donnell. If the Giants don’t resign these guys, there are some interesting names that are also free agents…
Antonio Gates, Ladarius Green, Dwayne Allen, Vernon Davis, Coby Fleener, Ben Watson, Zach Mille, Marcedes Lewis, Jared Cook.

K– Josh Brown had a great 2015 season, not bad timing for someone headed for free agency. Brown was tied for #1 in field goal percentage hitting 93.8% last year ( tied with SEA Steve Hauschka). I suspect New York tries hard to re-sign him.

DEF– The Giants cannot challenge in the NFC East against Dallas, Washington and Philadelphia, if they have the 30th worst defense again. New York was 28th vs the pass, and that doesn’t bode well versus wide receivers in their division such as DAL Dez Bryant, WASH DeSean Jackson or PHIL Jordan Matthews. A revamped defense is coming.

2015 New York Giants Fantasy Surprises– At the end of the season, New York finally let a running back get more more than 7 carries, and Rashad Jennings did what he was brought in to do. WR Rueban Randle was a name with “break out season” always attached to it, but Utter-Fantasy was never on board with that. Still, he ended 2015 as the #29 WR in the NFL for 2015. It will be interesting to see where he, as a free agent, lands in 2016

2016 Free Agents that New York Needs to Address– WR Rueben Randle, K Josh Brown, WR Hakeem Nicks, TE Daniel Fells, TE Larry Donnell (RFA), DT Cullen Jenkins, CB Trumaine McBride, SS Brandon Meriweather, MLB Jasper Brinkley, C/G Dallas Reynolds, DE George Selvie, CB Jayron Hosley, FS Craig Dahl, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, CB Prince Amukamara, DE Robert Ayers,

2016 NFL Draft– As far as their defense goes, it would be quicker to write where the Giants don’t need help from this 2016 NFL Draft. The Giants receiving corps  needs a big make over, behind Odell Beckham. Victor Cruz can’t stay healthy and Rueban Randle likely won’t be back.- NEW YORK GIANT’S 2015 DRAFT

Did You know–
Bill Parcells is the only person to have coached both of the NFL’s New York franchises, the Giants and the Jets. BONUS Did You know– Neither the New York Giants or the New York Jets play games in New York, they both play in New Jersey.

Team Home Page: www.giants.com


All team reports
can be seen at this link- TEAM REPORTS

RBBC is a Four Letter Word

RBBC is a Four Letter Word by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

I’m obviously taking writer’s license by calling “RBBC” a word, but for the sake of having a funny headline, I am going with it.

Running Back By Committee is almost as vile to hear for a fantasy footballer, as hearing one of your players has “a torn ACL”….or…“it’s a 80 yard TD run, but there’s a flag on the play”….or….. “sorry, we are out of beer.” Although we understand the reasoning behind it, fantasy owners F___ hate RBBC. The days of a lone running back getting the rock 30 times in a game, are sadly over.

There is no question, that the RB position has been de-valued. Moreover, the position of the running back has changed over the past few years, a lot more than just splitting carries! To utilize a player’s specialties, teams are bringing in different running backs during the game, on specific offensive plays being called. The more F____ plays are being called that bring in “specialty backs”, the more it subtracts from the scoring opportunities that your drafted RB is going to have. ( This is usually when the “swear jar” gets contributed to)

Here is a list of “specialty back” titles, and the list seems to grow every F_____ year.)

• Change of pace running back
• Blocking back
• Goal line back
• Receiving running back
• 3rd down back
• Short yardage back
• Running back for the Wild Cat formation

Fantasy owners in 2014 found out however, that championship fantasy teams still need strong RBs to win. In my article “Who Were The Most Owned Players On Fantasy Rosters in 2014?”, 8 of the top 20 players to truly help fantasy owners win championships in 2014 were RBs. Last year you could pretty much count on Dallas, Green Bay, Chicago, K.C., Seattle, Pittsburgh, Denver, Houston (and to some extent Baltimore) to primarily run with one running back. It’s likely that whoever won your fantasy league last year, they had one or two of the running backs from these teams. If you didn’t have one of them, you likely had F____ trouble scoring 2 RBs week after week. (Which also meant more contributions to the “swear jar”.) Perhaps this article makes a strong case for taking 2 RBs in the first 2 rounds of your fantasy draft this September, especially if they both can come from the teams just mentioned?

2RBsOrNot2RBs

This year I am excited about 4 other teams and their running back situation. I love me some RB Frank Gore in Indianapolis, love me some rookie RB Melvin Gordon in San Diego, love me some RB LeGarrette Blount in NE, and WASH OL Bill Callahan says RB Alfred Morris is a good fit for his run game and I believe him ( In ’14 Callahan was the Dallas OC and line coach..i.e..RB Murray! )

( I am not excited about ARI RB Andre Ellington. I also throw caution to fantasy owners about rookie RB TJ Yeldon, CAR RB Jonathan Stewart and RB Latavius Murray…. although Murray is pretty F___ intriguing).

When drafting in September, I understand wanting to get elite WRs early, but the NFL WR corps is deeper than ever.
Especially in large leagues, do not ignore getting strong #1 RBs………the de-valued RB position is valued again.

OK….let’s see…paying the swear jar. One, two, three, four, five…..I owe five bucks.